3 Damage Risks Associated With Basements
June 6, 2023
Basements are one of the most common locations for damage restoration jobs. To put it in perspective, 98% of basements experience some kind of water damage. If your property has a basement, you should be prepared to deal with some of the risks listed below.
Because basements are the lowest part of a building, they are prone to flooding. Sewage backups, burst pipes, faulty sump pumps, hydrostatic pressure and the like can all cause basement flooding. This can damage your personal property and lead to a whole host of other problems, from electrical damage to structural issues.
The good news is there are many ways to protect your basement from floods. Regularly inspecting pipes and seals for damage and checking gutters and downspouts for clogs are crucial steps to take to keep water from seeping into your basement. Keep in mind, it’s always recommended to make repairs and renovations when the weather is dry. FEMA has an excellent resource with more detailed information on basement flood mitigation.
The limited ventilation in basements can create the perfect humid environment for mold to flourish. Mold growth can release toxic spores into the air that spread into your home through your HVAC system, causing allergies and respiratory issues. Mold can also eat away at wood and drywall, compromising your property’s structural integrity.
If you are noticing excess humidity in your basement, dehumidifiers and industrial fans are great at reducing moisture. Opt for vinyl floors instead of carpet to discourage mold growth. Properly ventilate dryers and bathrooms if located in your basement. You can also insulate places where condensation tends to build up. The best thing you can do for your basement is to keep it dry! If you do discover mold growth in your basement, it’s best to call in professionals to remediate it. While you can do some of the cleanup yourself, it is not recommended due to the dangers of mold exposure. DRYmedic Restoration Services has extensive experience with mold remediation and has the necessary equipment to take care of the problem safely and effectively.
Basements are often used as storage, meaning they are full of flammable materials such as old newspapers, boxes, clothes, and paint. Paired with the furnaces, dryers, and gas water heaters often placed nearby can make basements one big fire hazard. If appliances are not maintained properly, they can catch fire from a buildup of dust and debris and, in some cases, can even explode.
Refrain from storing flammable objects in the basement, or at least keep them away from heat sources. Never put wood or paper next to a furnace. Install smoke detectors and test them regularly. Perform routine maintenance on furnaces and heaters and have dryer vents cleaned often by a professional. If you experience fire damage, the DRYmedic Restoration team can help restore your basement.
DRYmedic Restoration Services is the premier restoration company for all of your property damage needs. If you find your basement has water, fire, or mold damage, contact the DRYmedic team at (888) 462-0080.